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Child Development, MS

This program is intended for those professionals and supervisors in the field of child development who wish to increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children. It emphasizes the study of children and the theories and issues concerned with growth and development in early childhood. This degree will enable a student to qualify to teach in a California community college. Each course in the program is offered both on campus in face-to-face format and online. Courses in both delivery modes are identical in content and rigor and are offered on the semester schedule. Students enrolled in the program have the option of taking face-to-face courses, online courses, or a combination of the two.

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Program Requirements

Prerequisites: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning that includes the following courses: Child Psychology and Development, Early Childhood Curriculum, Practicum or Field Work, and Early Childhood Program Management. Experience working in early childhood settings is also desirable.

Total Program: 33 semester hours

Advancement to Candidacy requires the completion of 21 semester hours, an application for graduation, and the completion of specific assessments required by the College’s assessment system


Core Courses: 

9 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 504 Methods of Research 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3


Area of Concentration: 

18 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 518 Language, Reading, and Concept Development 3
ASCD 551 Studies in Attachment 3
ASCD 556 Assessment in Early Childhood 3
ASCD 557 Teaching Adults 3
ASCD 558 Cognition and Brain Development 3
ASCD 559 Developmental Curriculum 3


3 semester hours of courses selected on the advice of the program chairperson.

Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 596 Graduate Seminar 3

ULV’s graduate admission requirements and the following:

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above with a GPA of 3.0 or above in the last 60 semester hours and in Early Childhood or Childhood Development courses.
  2. A statement of purpose that includes a description of work experience related to young children, a clear statement of short term and long term profes- sional goals, a description of why this particular M.S. is wanted, and a statement about what the student expects to do professionally after receiving the degree.
  3. An interview with the program chair.
  4. A writing assessment with the program chair.

What are the technology requirements for online?

  • Daily high-speed Internet access
  • Up to date plug-ins: Java, Flash
  • Head set with microphone
  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

How much time will it take each week? Online time? Offline time?

  • Off line reading and writing reports take the same amount of time as in a face-to-face class: 6-9 hours per week
  • Online time takes another 2-4 hours

How long will the program take?

Students study at their own pace. This is a semester based, on-campus program, so students may plan their schedules to meet their personal needs. Most students take two years; 18 months is probably the shortest time possible.

How long is each semester?

La Verne semesters are 16 weeks long. There is a summer term that is 10 weeks.

How do I enroll?

Applications are available online. Materials should be sent to the graduate admissions office on campus: 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750

Will I have to come to campus?

An admission interview is required, but this interview can be done online. One course requires one presentation on a Saturday to the whole class, which can also be done online. All other work can be done asynchronously at any time of day or night.

What kind of assignments can I expect and how are they graded?

All courses require weekly readings and research or term papers. Weekly work also requires discussion boards and other activities that involve student-to-student interaction such as blogs and wikis. Most assignments and activities are graded using rubrics that are available to students prior to completing assignments.

How are Child Development courses online different than other online programs?

We believe in interactive participation of students and faculty. Classes are small; no more than 20 students. Faculty members participate actively in discussions, blogs and other activities. Students work in small groups that provide help and support for each other, much like face-to-face courses.  Students who have completed online courses frequently report satisfaction with the amount of interaction they have with professors and classmates.